The Coastal Health Alliance (CHA), a federally funded full service family practice, is recruiting an School-based Prevention and Early Intervention Counselor. Our area is a designated site for National Health Service Corps loan repayment.
Located in beautiful rural West Marin County, this is an exceptional opportunity for the right person. CHA operates out of two sites: Point Reyes Station and Bolinas. These are all unincorporated villages on the California coast, one hour’s drive north of San Francisco. The area is known for its natural beauty and is home to the Point Reyes National Seashore as well as two state parks and the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. The economy is based on agriculture and tourism, as well as many local service businesses.
Position Summary: The purpose of this position is to conduct school-based prevention and early intervention counseling services for K-8 students in the Shoreline School District to reduce the likelihood of youth developing mental health issues by increasing resiliency and support. The position resides with Coastal Health Alliance, while the majority of the services are provided at school sites.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Provide comprehensive clinical supports to students and families identified through the Coordination of Services Team (COST) process and collaboration with the PEI Wellness Coordinator, school staff, caregivers, and community-based organizations. Clinical supports may include counseling, problem solving, family engagement, providing advocacy, linkages, and referrals to school and community resources, etc. The intent of the program is to provide brief intervention counseling, rather than long-term therapy.
- Engage with teachers to determine potential classroom/student support to be provided. Facilitate student/family-teacher/school relationships by providing coaching and problem solving.
- Collaborate with school staff, teachers, family advocates, community providers and others to help determine the best support for students and families.
- Learn about resources available for students and families. Key resources include the school psychologist, family advocates, and Coastal Health Alliance behavioral health services. For potentially serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance, West Marin Health and Human Services provides engagement, assessment and specialty mental health services.
- Participate in regular meetings with Superintendent, Principals, PEI Wellness Coordinator, SUSD Wellness Team, and Coastal Health Alliance to determine services to be provided and the most effective approach.
- Support other Coastal Health Alliance school-based mental health providers (PEI Wellness Coordinator (district wide) and School-based Mental Health Counselor (based at Tomales High School)) with coordination of Spanish-speaking parent communication that may include phone calls, translating documents, interpreting services (parent meetings, IEP meetings, and parent education nights). Additionally, will support Spanish translation of resources including websites, newsletters, etc.,
- Provide Newcomer Groups for students and families. The newcomer population includes immigrant youth and adults. Newcomer group services include providing effective and culturally responsive mentoring and support (case management, Cultural Healing Circles, and other services). Will receive County guidance in providing Newcomer Groups.
- Conduct assessments using validated tools when a student enters the program, at the end of each school term, and at the time of completing the program, at minimum. Results for each student will be analyzed to measure the amount of change over time. The County requires use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment. County will provide yearly training for CANS certification. It is the expectation that students will increase their coping skills to the extent that they function better socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.
- Cultural Competency: Receive at least 4hrs of in-service training per year on some aspect of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Licenses, Certifications, Registrations:
Must be a masters-level clinician, licensed Mental Health provider, or supervised intern pursuing licensing
- Current CPR (BLS) certifications. ACLS preferred
Visit our website http://www.coastalhealth.net/ for a full Job Description.